The Cruise of the Snark

The Cruise of the Snark

by Jack London


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In 1906, Jack London began to build a 45-foot yacht on which he planned a round-the-world voyage, to last seven years.

The Snark was named after Lewis Carroll's poem The Hunting of the Snark. She had two masts and was 45 feet long at the waterline and 55 feet on deck, and London claimed to have spent thirty thousand dollars on her construction. She was primarily sail power; however, she also had an auxiliary 70-horsepower engine. She carried one lifeboat.

After many delays, Jack and Charmian London and a small crew sailed out of San Francisco Bay on April 23, 1907, bound for the South Pacific.

We ran down the Langa Langa Lagoon, between mangrove swamps through passages scarcely wider than the Minota, and passed the reef villages of Kaloka and Auki. Like the founders of Venice, these salt-water men were originally refugees from the mainland. Too weak to hold their own in the bush, survivors of village massacres, they fled to the sand-banks of the lagoon. These sand-banks they built up into islands. They were compelled to seek their provender from the sea. They developed canoe-bodies, unable to walk about, spending all their time in the canoes, they became thick-armed and broad-shouldered with narrow waists and frail spindly legs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781720937432
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2018
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing.

Table of Contents

The Cruise of the SnarkIntroduction: The Romance of Yachting; or, The Private History of a Voyage That Failed

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Texts

The Cruise Of The Snark



From Martin Johnson: Through the South Seas with Jack London

From Charmian Kittredge London: The Log of the Snark

Jack London: "That Dead Men Rise Up Never"

Jack London: "The Joy of Small-Boat Sailing"

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